January 4, 2011

Delivery of Kosher Foods was Major Hurdle in Blizzard

New York…In a frantic effort to restock empty shelves during the recent blizzard in the Northeast, distributors of kosher foods overcame some major obstacles, including unplowed streets and little parking or standing space. Shelves in many areas of New Jersey were left empty by customers hording foods on Sunday in anticipation of the blizzard that virtually left the region, including New York City, paralyzed. Retailers say that deliveries on Monday were extremely spotty but that miraculously trucks were able to resume their normal deliveries as early as Tuesday. Some retailers said that they had a sufficient “reserve” (including frozen poultry) to replenish shelves on Monday. Dairy and poultry distributors, say the retailers, “came through big time.” Jewish social service agencies also beat the odds, according to William Rapfogel, Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty. He noted that many volunteers made sure that the elderly received food from the organization’s food pantries and soup kitchens (Masbia). Through volunteers that braved the inclement weather, Masbia served hot meals during the blizzard. A Meals-on-Wheels program by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island was one of the very few such programs which functioned despite the emergency snow conditions (meals were delivered on-foot by extraordinary staff who walked long distances to prepare and deliver the meals).